HA NOI (VNS) — A class for female DJs will take place in Ha Noi this weekend with the hopes of building a network of female music professionals.
The class will be conducted by Swedish lecturer Sanna Beer and two DJs Maja Aspero Lind and Casandra Cornelio.
The lecturer and DJs arrived in town on Tuesday and is on the look out for female Vietnamese DJs to connect with.
The programme is co-implemented by the Swedish embassy to Ha Noi, the non-profit organisation Equalisters and the Swedish Institute in Ha Noi in hopes of reaching out to Vietnamese women interested in music.
Beer's class will work on developing DJ-ing skills and will hold a round table meeting with Swedish female leaders in arts and culture.
The workshop will also teach students tricks on how to build professional networks.
The lectures will be held in English and can be done with a translator.
There will then be a live performance at Ha Noi Rock City, 27/52 To Ngoc Van Street. Participants in the master class will have the opportunity to spin some beats alongside established DJs.
The non-profit organisation Equalisters was founded by Swedish DJ Lina Thomsgard in 2000. She explains she finally got so sick of the lack of female DJs in Stockholm's night life that she though she would do something about it.
When she asked club managers why that was the situation, they claimed that "there are no girls to hire". She went home and created a fanpage on Facebook she named Equalisters.
She made a request for female DJs among the page's followers, asking for any relevant tips. The response was massive, she compiled a list of over 100 names she later gave to clubs.
The project was a huge success and became the start of a 60,000-strong network for female music professionals.
The fanpage's service was congratulated by Prime Minister Stephan Lofven when the organisation celebrated its fifth year. — VNS